ChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4011 posts, RR: 2 Posted (8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 3021 times:
I have a business trip coming up to London in October and was thinking of trying Air Canada out of Boston, via either Halifax (767-300) or Montreal (A333). What are the loads like on these routes? Would I have a lighter load from either city?
It's more affordable than BA nonstop, and being a plane nut I thought it would give me some new cities, some new planes, some new routes, and a new airline!
yegbey01 From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 1721 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (8 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 2920 times:
I think you probably meant to stay YHZ not YYZ.
Usually, AC adjusts capacity (frequencies) during fall/winter to make sure their planes are always full. I would say going through YUL might be more interesting than YHZ (and a better airport in case you get delayed and need an alternate connection to LHR).
brilondon From Canada, joined Aug 2005, 4055 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (8 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2878 times:
Quoting ChrisNH (Thread starter): I have a business trip coming up to London in October and was thinking of trying Air Canada out of Boston, via either Halifax (767-300) or Montreal (A333).
I would suggest that if you want variety fly out of one and return though the other. But if you want just one, I would use YUL. You not only get to use a busier airport and better connections but if you get stuck, you would have a better choice of hotels and better chance at getting back to BOS.
StarAC17 From Canada, joined Aug 2003, 3329 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2448 times:
Quoting brilondon (Reply 2): I would suggest that if you want variety fly out of one and return though the other. But if you want just one, I would use YUL. You not only get to use a busier airport and better connections but if you get stuck, you would have a better choice of hotels and better chance at getting back to BOS.
If you were considering YYZ as well you could also get a 77W potentially as they operate one to LHR in peak periods and unless its really late October AC should still be operating on summer schedules. Also there are 3-4 flights to LHR from YYZ on AC leaving from 6pm to midnight (excluding the day flight).
Viscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 24061 posts, RR: 23
Reply 5, posted (8 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 2356 times:
Quoting reifel (Reply 4): Halifax sounds interesting. Easy to navigate, and the 767 is a very nice and not too big plane. Flew it on FRA-YOW and can recommend it . That said, the A330 is similar, not too big either.
If you connect at YHZ to the U.S., you will have to claim your checked bags before going to U.S. customs/immigration pre-clearance. At YUL (also YYZ and YVR) they have a more streamlined process and there's no need to claim your bags. You go directly to U.S. pre-clearance and your bags will be transferred to the next flight.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1310 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (8 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 2339 times:
Good Point indeed. I had to do this in YOW (although coming from Europe and not US, but I saw US passengers arriiving there, too). The airport was so small that we were through within minutes and bags were already on the belt. That said, we hat to reclear security. It was not annoying, so if flight timings are significantly better I would recomment YHZ, that said if you get a similar timing for YUL, taking into account what Viscount724 said, YUL would probaby be a wiser choice.
longhauler From Canada, joined Mar 2004, 4755 posts, RR: 43
Reply 7, posted (8 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 2258 times:
Eastbound YHZ would be the same as either, YYZ, YOW, or YUL. Bags are checked all the way to destination. As V724 correctly states above, YUL and YYZ offer a more streamlined process where bags are not re-checked, unlike YOW and YHZ.
Try YHZ eastbound and either YYZ or YUL westbound.
Another consideration is that either YYZ or YUL, being large AC hubs, offer the most "protection" should irregular ops occur.
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